Lymphedema is the result of excess proteins and fluid, inflammation, and?
Primary lymphedema affects?
the lower extremities three times more often than the upper extremities.
In the U.S., secondary lymphedema is commonly caused by
injury to or removal of regional lymph nodes during surgery or radiation therapy, infection or tumor growth.
Lymphocytes are primarily responsible for?
helping the body fight off disease and infection
As more and more collagen is deposited in the interstitial space
pitting edema changes into nonpitting edema
Lymphedema differs from other forms of edema because the fluid in the interstitial spaces contains more
Treatment of an extremity with mild acute lymphedema should include
elevating the extremity and contracting the muscles
Acute lymphedema of the extremity that develops 6-8 wks. postoperatively is best treated by elevating the extremity and
administering anti-inflammatory drugs
Treatment of acute lymphedema of an extremity following an insect bite should include elevation of the extremity and
administration of antibiotics
Acute lymphedema usually resolves when?
When assessing a patient for lymphedema
clinical presentation and history are most important for diagnosis.
Which protein content level in edema fluid is consistent with lymphedema?
1 to 5.5 g/dl
The pressure applied by compression bandage therapy for lymphedema should be between
50 and 60 mm Hg.
Examples of treatment for lymphedema include
compression bandages, lymphatic drainage pumps, manual lymph drainage and remedial exercises.
Lymphangiosarcoma is a rare, lethal form of cancer that
may develop after the patient's had chronic lymphedema for 10 years or more
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